It’s Saturday so time for the latest installment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 14th of 2019. Today, Brian talks about Jim Ross agreeing to a deal with All Elite Wrestling and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Jim Ross Signs with All Elite Wrestling
It was revealed this past week that WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has signed a very lucrative three-year contract to call matches for AEW. This was a move that was foreseen months ago before JR was even a free agent.
On the surface, it looks like a great move and a perfect choice to be the voice of a new, upstart organization with a seemingly unlimited amount of potential. Jim Ross has to be (at least in my eyes) one of the all-time greatest wrestling play by play announcers of all time.
His voice will immediately add legitimacy to AEW’s broadcasts with what I assume starts with their ‘Double or Nothing’ event in Las Vegas. Now, as much as I love good ol’ JR and admire his impressive body of work which does not just include his time in the WWF/WWE, he was also a master behind the mic for Mid South/UWF and WCW, is this the same JR we will get in AEW?
The last few years, Ross simply hasn’t been the great voice of pro wrestling that he once was. His work with WWE and also New Japan Pro Wrestling wasn’t his greatest work. At times, it simply felt that Ross was “phoning it in” on a few occasions. I believe a lot of that had to do with him losing his wife Jan in a tragic accident a couple of years ago. The passion just didn’t seem to be there when he called matches.
Believe me, that is completely understandable considering the hell he surely endured, so I will not hold that against him. Still, on Jim Ross’ worst day, is still leaps and bounds better than most on WWE’s main roster of broadcasters. I just question if Ross still has that burning passion for pro wrestling that he once had. I hope and pray Jim Ross and the AEW as a whole thrives and succeeds.
Jim Ross has so much knowledge that he’s probably forgotten than most announcers could ever learn. I hope JR finds that fire again. Maybe getting away from WWE and doing something new and different will rejuvenate him. I have always felt that when watching a wrestling event on television, the most important players are the announcers to sell the stories and the fans at the arena’s reactions to buy into them.
JR is a truly beloved figure and I wish him nothing but continued success and prosperity both professionally and in life. So here’s to Jim Ross on his brand new endeavor with All Elite Wrestling. As he has stated many times in the past: “Business is about to pick up.”
**Now reports are that Jim Ross did not sign a contract to be an announcer. Interesting, an executive role would certainly suit him much better at this point if these latest reports are true.**
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Sgt. Slaughter as a patriotic pirate?
Someone compared Billie Kay of the IIconics to Flo from the Progressive car commercials and I can’t disagree too much.
Usually, I am not a big fan of WWE shirts…but this one has my approval.
A very young Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole….Babies!
Zelina Vega, Tammy Sytch and former WWE developmental wrestler and former TNA competitor Aloisia.
An old pic of Dusty Rhodes and DDP having a beer
Shinsuke Nakamura catching up with Kazuchicka Okada in New York City during Wrestlemania weekend.
A very recent picture of Howard Finkel during Wrestlemania weekend festivities along with Bruce Prichard
WWE backstage interviewer Charly Caruso proudly shows off her body after intense training to lose weight.
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